Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A & M University

Inventory of the Cepheid Variable-AggieCon Collection:

1969-



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Cepheid Variable Science Fiction/Fantasy Committee
Title Inventory of the Cepheid Variable-AggieCon Collection:
Dates 1969-
Identification SCI FI MSS 00230
Extent 4.5 linear ft.
Language English.
Repository Cushing Memorial Library College Station, TX 77843-5000

Historical Note

The Cepheid Variable Science Fiction Club came into being in the period 1967 – 1969, the result of science fiction fans gradually coming together and organizing. Following a trip to the World Science Fiction Convention in 1967, Annette Bristol and Danielle Dabbs started the first known science fiction club, with Annette the President, Dabbs the secretary, and John Moffitt as vice-president. The club was pictured in the 1968 Aggieland, with officers listed there. The club was sponsored by the English Department, with two English professors as advisors.

In 1969, Cepheid was a part of "Science Fiction Week," the immediate precursor to AggieCon. "Science Fiction Week" featured Harlan Ellison as special guest, joined by Chad Oliver. Ellison spoke to many (perhaps 30) English classes. His visit was culminated by a meal function at the Ramada Inn, recalled by many for a "food fight" among other things. Cepheid was dissolved as a club, in part due to issues with the hotel.

In 1970, Gary Mattingly reorganized Cepheid Variable and became the second President of the club. Cepheid held a convention in the spring, referred to as a "comics and trade convention" in the Bryan Eagle. In 1971/1972, the first constitution of the club was written.

In April, 1972, the first named convention, AggieCon III was staged by Cepheid Variable. AggieCon is the most visible aspect of the Cepheid Variable Club, and has been continuously produced from 1969 to 2005 at this writing. It has been a very successful convention, and holds the distinction of being the longest continuously operating convention completely run by a student group. Cepheid Variable and AggieCon have many alumni in science fiction. Among them are Steve Gould, author; Noel Wolfman, currently a production supervisor for Dreamworks; Jayme Lynn Blaschke, author and editor; Martha Wells, author; and Brad Foster, Hugo winning artist.

Over the years, AggieCon has hosted many important names in the science fiction and fantasy field as Guests of Honor. Among them are: Harlan Ellison, Anne McCaffery, Fred Pohl, Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm, Theodore Sturgeon, Bob Tucker, Chad Oliver, Poul Anderson, Jack Williamson, Kelly Freas, Joe Haldeman, C. J. Cherryh, Roger Zelazny, Harry Harrison, L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine de Camp, John Varley, George R. R. Martin, Ben Bova, Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson, Walter Koenig, Fred Saberhagen, Lynn Abbey, David Drake, Michael Moorcock, Julius Schwartz, Greg Bear, Charles De Lint, Lois McMaster Bujold, Margaret Weis, Dave Wolverton, Jim Baen, Nancy A. Collins, Joe Lansdale, Bruce Sterling, Robert Asprin, Terry Pratchett, Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Todd McCaffrey, and Elizabeth Moon.

AggieCon has also included numerous Texas authors as guests, many who have gone on to establish international reputations. AggieCon has been an important venue for Texas authors to promote their works, and regional guests have included authors such as Neal Barrett, Jr., Rachel Caine, Lillian Stewart Carl, Bill Crider, Carol Nelson Douglas, Steve Gould, Rory Harper, Katherine E. Kimbriel, Tom Knowles, Joe Lansdale, Justin Leiber, Ardath Mayhar, Laura Mixon, Warren Norwood, Chad Oliver, George W. Proctor, Tom Reamy, Nina Romberg, Lewis Shiner, Bruce Sterling, Lisa Tuttle, Steven Utley, Howard Waldrop, Martha Wells, along with many others.

This list of science fiction personalities is impressive, and has afforded the students of Texas A&M University the opportunity to hear them speak, visit with them, and become acquainted with their writings. Few events on this campus have exposed students to as many literary figures than has AggieCon.

Early in the existence of AggieCon, program booklets became standard fare. The first program book in the collection comes from AggieCon 7, 1976. The contents of the program books vary, but typically they include brief biographies and photos of guests, descriptions of movies, lists of committee members, schedules of events, and illustrations by guests or committee members. Bill Page did a brief history of AggieCon in the AggieCon XX Program Book. He noted that AggieCons II and III were small, with no Guest of Honor, and that "AggieCon III was the first to be called AggieCon." Most of the stories of AggieCon remain to be told. The infamous food fight of the 1969 event, featuring Harlan Ellison, remains legendary, but mostly unrecorded, as do most of the events of the following years.

AggieCon evolved over the years, to become a well-regarded event featuring books and authors, soon adding artists, and then later to feature media programming and stars more prominently, and then back toward a more print-oriented convention.

Cepheid Variable and AggieCon served as the focal point for many activities. Science fiction and fantasy has always been the core around which the club and conventions were built. Additional interests reflected in club and convention activities included: motion picture screenings, gaming, comics fandom, anime and manga, music (including performances by "Los Blues Guys"), filk singing, the SCA (Society for Creative Anacronism), fantasy weapons (especially swords and knives), costuming, and others.

While there is no official connection between AggieCon and the University Library, the two organizations have complemented each other for years. The Cushing Library Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection has been a tour site for many years, introducing authors and fans to the existence of the collection, and affording them the opportunity to see items they have never had the opportunity of view. Those contacts have fostered later research visits to the collection, and have resulted in donations to the collection.

The convention struggled for years as an independent effort. In the fall of 1972, Cepheid Variable became a sub-committee of the Contemporary Arts Committee of the MSC. A year or two later, it became an MSC Committee.

The successful acceptance of the group as an MSC Committee provide funding, guaranteed access to MSC space for the convention and programming, fiscal handling support, and advice and guidance from the Memorial Student Center administration and staff. The latter was regarded with a jaundiced eye by Cepheids, but, it should be noted, they diligently listened and heeded the advice of the MSC administrators – occasionally. In 2004, "budget restrictions" were cited as the reason the MSC dropped Cepheid Variable from MSC Committee status and support. The student organizers continued their work, and successfully produced AggieCon 35 in 2005.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consist of the program books, documents, correspondence, and miscellaneous items collected by the Cepheid Variable Science Fiction Club from its inception in 1969 through 2005. The collection was assembled from deposits of the club, gifts from Bill Page, and other occasional donors.


 

Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 3 boxes. The collection is arranged generally as used by the Cepheid Variable Science Fiction Club at Texas A&M University. Other material is interfiled into folders as is appropriate, especially the program booklets.
Box 1 - Program books and other documents
Box 2 - Fanzines
Box 3 - Correspondence and booklets

Restrictions

Access

No restrictions.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Online Catalog Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of Cushing Memorial Library. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Organizations
Cepheid Variable Science Fiction/Fantasy Committee
AggieCon
Subjects
Science fiction
Fantasy fiction
Science fiction -Societies, etc.
Fanzines
Science fiction fans
Places
Texas A&M University

Administrative Information

Provenance

Received from Cepheid Variable Science Fiction Club.

Processing Information

Processed by Hal Hall in 2005.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Box 1 - Program books and other documents

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1-10 Program Books 7-10
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1-20 Program Books 11-16
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1-30 Program Books 17-20
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1-40 Program Books 21-25
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1-50 Program Books 26-30
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1-60 Program Books 31-33, 35, 36, 37
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1-70 Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. The Drastic Dragon of Draco, Texas. Photocopy of final draft, October 29, 1985. Part 1.
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1-80 Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. The Drastic Dragon of Draco, Texas. Photocopy of final draft, October 29, 1985. Part 2.
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1-90 AggieCon Convention Badges, assorted
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1-100 Cepheid Variable. Documents 1988-1995
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1-110 Cepheid Variable. Audit Report, 1994
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1-120 MSC Cepheid Variable. End of Year Report, 1989-1990
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1-130 AggieCon 21, 1990. End of Year Report.
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1-140 Cepheid Variable. Notes and History, 1995.
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1-150 Cepheid Variable. Photographs. Unidentified group (2); Joe Lansdale, Joe and Karen Lansdale, Jayme Lynn Blaschke, Becky Matthews.
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1-160 Cepheid Variable. Receipts, Ramada Inn, 1969.
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1-170 1-170 AggieCon II, III, IV
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1-180 1-180 AggieCon VI
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1-190 1-190 AggieCon VII
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1-200 AggieCon VIII
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1-210 AggieCon IX
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1-220 AggieCon X
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1-230 AggieCon XI
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1-240 AggieCon XVII Flyer
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1-250 AggieCon XXII. Gaming Notes
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1-260 AggieCon XXII. Guest Addresses
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1-270 AggieCon XXII. Schedule of Programs
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1-280 AggieCon XXIII. Programming
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1-290 AggieCon XXIV., 1993. Schedule.
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1-300 AggieCon XXV, 1994. Paste-up
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1-310 AggieCon. Receipts and Documents, 1995
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1-320 AggieCon XXVI, 1995. Contracts and Documents.
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1-330 AggieCon XXVII. Contracts, 1996
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1-340 AggieCon XXVII, 1996. Documents
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1-350 AggieCon XXIX Program Book. Paste-up
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1-360 Cepheid Variable. Purchase Authorizations, 1995/1996
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1-370 AggieCon Director’s Statement, undated
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1-380 Beyond Genocide, by Damon Knight. Speech at AggieCon, 1978.
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1-390 Cepheid Variable. Documents, 1991
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1-400 Cepheid Variable. Documents, 1992
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1-410 Cepheid Variable. Documents, 1993
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1-420 Cepheid Variable. Documents, 1994-1995
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1-430 Cepheid Variable. Logs, Spring 1991-1994
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1-440 Cepheid Variable. Unsorted documents, 1987-1999
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1-450 History of Science Fiction and Fantasy at Texas A&M University and in Brazos County, Texas, 1913 – 1985, by Bill Page. 129 p. Contains much information about AggieCon and Cepheid Variable.
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1-460 Miscellaneous Documents Relating to Cepheid Variable and AggieCon.



 

Box 2 - Fanzines

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2-10 AggieCon. Miscellaneous art.
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2-20 "Star Wars Fan Stuff"
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2-30 Cepheid Variable. Miscellaneous art work, photos, negatives
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2-40 Cepheid Variable (Fanzine) assorted issues
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2-50 BS (Fanzine), 1976. AggieCon reports
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2-60 Cepheid Variable club fanzines
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2-70 Variable Magnatude (Fanzine), Cepheid Variable
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2-80 Brain Death (Fanzine) Cepheid Variable
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2-90 Brain Death (Fanzine) Cepheid Variable, originals
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2-100 Cepheid Variable. Newspaper clippings
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2-110 Star Trek
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2-120 IguanaCon 1978 booklets
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2-130 DragonCon 1998. Program Book
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2-140 Stanley (Fanzine) No. 13. Cepheid Variable. Uncollated
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2-150 Stanley (Fanzine) No. 15. Cepheid Variable. Layouts
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2-160 Stanley (Fanzine) No. 16. Cepheid Variable. Layouts
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2-170 F. A. C. T. Sheet (Fanzine) 1988-2001
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2-180 NASFA Shuttle (Fanzine) 1998-2000
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2-190 Southern Fandom Confederation Bulletin (Fanzine) 1998-2002
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2-200 Fanzines, Miscellaneous. Folder 1
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2-210 Fanzines, Miscellaneous. Folder 2
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2-220 Fanzines, Miscellaneous. Folder 3
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2-230 Fanzines, Miscellaneous. Folder 4
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2-240 Fanzines, Miscellaneous. Folder 5
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2-250 Conventions
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2-260 Newsletters
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2-270 Miscellaneous material on AggieCon from the World Wide Web
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2-280 Science Fiction Writers of Earth. Online Newsletter. 63 p. The first section details the origin of the Science Fiction Writers of Earth and AggieCon in 1979, and comments on AggieCon.



 

Box 3 - Correspondence and booklets

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3-10 Gavelkind, No. 1, Spring 1980
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3-20 Gavelkind, No. 2, Summer 1980
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3-30 Gavelkind, No. 3, Fall 1980
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3-40 Gavelkind, No. 4, Winter 1981
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3-50 Gavelkind, No. 5, July 1981
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3-60 Gavelkind, No. 6, August 1983
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3-70 Texas SF Inquirer, No. 6, December 1983
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3-80 Stanley No. 18, 1974
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3-90 MSC Cepheid Variable Starburst (1981?)
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3-100 The White Hole, Spring 1980
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3-110 Stanley No. 19, (1977?)
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3-120 Stanley No. 15, undated
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3-130 The Newsletter of Former Cepheids, March 25, 1988
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3-140 Steve Gould, photograph, Bryan Eagle, undated
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3-150 Petition of Withdrawal, (Cepheid Variable), undated
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3-160 Cepheid Variable Film Poll, Spring 1978
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3-170 Cepheid Variable Committee Meeting, November 21, 1977
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3-180 Sunburst No. 3, August 1985
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3-190 IguanaCon Hugo Final Ballot, 1977
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3-200 FilkCon Flyer/Progress Report 1, 1979
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3-210 SeaCon 84 Flyer (Great Britain)
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3-220 DCon ’79 Flyer
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3-230 HoustonCon/MiniCon Flyer, 1981
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3-240 ArmadilloCon II, 1980. Flyer (2)
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3-250 This is Los Blues Guys, 1992
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3-260 Starburst (1983?)
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3-270 Notes from the Circular File, Supplement, November 1978
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3-280 HSFS Directory, March 1972 (Houston)
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3-290 InstaCon 1983 (Cepheid Variable)
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3-300 Tales from the Cepheid Mythos, Vol. 1, No. 1, March 1984
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3-310 ArmadilloCon Schedule, undated
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3-320 Cepheid Variable Member List, Fall 1971
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3-330 Cepheid Variable Movie Flyers and advertising
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3-340 Cepheid Variable Correspondence
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3-350 Miscellaneous flyers
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3-360 Brad Foster Correspondence
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3-370 Miscellaneous Cards, Announcements, etc.
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3-380 WunderFest (Wichita Falls, TX
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3-390 The Fudge Factor, June 1988. (Cepheid Constant)
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3-400 Alpha Centaura Communicator V. 4, No. 11, (Whole No. 57)
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3-410 A Nebulous Affair, Newsletter of the Crab Nebula Science Fiction and Fantasy Society
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3-420 CollegeCon Newsletter, 1980. (University of Houston)
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3-430 Erraticon Correspondence, undated
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3-440 Just Let Me Be, by T. W. Knowles, II
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3-450 A Child’s Garden of Aversions, M. M. Momrath
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3-460 DCon ’73 Program Book
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3-470 Take My Soul, Please! Tales of the Cepheid Mythos, Vol. II, October 1984
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3-480 Steve Gould/Laura Mixon Wedding Planning Newsletter: The Laura-and-Steve-are-gonna-do-it Steering Committee Newsletter
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3-490 Notes from the Circular File, Vol. 1, no. 1, June 1, 1978
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3-500 Notes from the Circular File, Vol. II, no. 1.
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3-510 Notes from the Circular File, Vol. II, no. 2, undated.
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3-520 Songs from the Tube, Vol. 1
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3-530 Songs from the Tube, II
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3-540 The Klingon Joke Book, Vol. 1, 1984
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3-550 Lisa Tuttle Party Invitation, undated
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3-560 Mid-American Flyer, 1972
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3-570 The Illuminated Book of Songs, 1977
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3-580 The Ambiguous Duac Mind, Vol. 1, No. 1Sasha’s Soliloquy, Supplement to Nova No. 10, undated
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3-590 Dirty Little Girls, No. 1, undated
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3-600 Certificate of Commission, Earth Defense Command, 1985
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3-610 AggieCon VIII Amateur Art Contest. Rules of Entry
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3-620 Our Story Thus Far (The Ultimate Artists Jam), ed. by Brad W. Foster. 1985
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3-630 Chad Oliver Roast Booklet
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3-640 OtherCon (College Station, TX)
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3-650 AggieCon 36, 2005.